Why don't Americans remember Trump by voting?
The Americans will elect their president on November 3, 2020. Will it be Donald Trump again? Or will Joe Biden, who prevailed in the Democratic primary, win? All news and developments at a glance:
Republicans in the Senate want new judges to be confirmed quickly
Saturday, September 19, 2020: Before the election, the US Senate would vote on a preferred candidate from President Donald Trump to succeed the late Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This was announced by the Republican majority leader in the House of Parliament, Mitch McConnell, on Friday (local time), the day on which, according to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg died at the age of 87 of complications from pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg had wanted the president elected on November 3 to decide on her successor. Democrats are now expressing themselves accordingly.
Trump's challenger Joe Biden pointed out that in 2016 the Republican-dominated Senate refused to nominate then-President Barack Obama to succeed Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia, who died in February of that year. Scalia died "almost ten months" before the election. Nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named the election year as the reason why there should be no hearing. Obama's candidate at the time was Merrick Garland. The vacant position was only filled after Donald Trump's surprise victory in November 2016. During his tenure, he has already appointed two conservative judges to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump did not allow himself to be looked at in a first reaction. In a statement he announced that the country had lost a "titan of law".
Democratic front woman in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, paid tribute to Ginsburg. Her death was "an immeasurable loss for our democracy and for all who sacrifice themselves and strive to create a better future for our children," said the Chairwoman of the House of Representatives. Congress must ensure that the person replacing Ginsburg "upholds their commitment to equality, equal opportunities and justice for all."
Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler said Trump has every right to choose a new judge before the election. The future of the country is at stake, Loeffler wrote on Twitter. She looks forward to supporting a person who protects the right to life and safeguards conservative values. Her Senate party colleague Ted Cruz called on Trump to make a succession plan for Ginsburg soon. An actually nine-member Supreme Court, which was split four to four because of the lack of a judge on legal issues, "cannot decide anything".
The first voters are allowed to cast their votes
Friday, September 18, 4:50 p.m .: The US elections are actually only on November 3rd - in the states of Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Virginia, early personal voting has been possible since Friday. Most states and the capital Washington allow early voting. In many countries, voters can also cast their votes early on by letter.
Because of the corona pandemic and concerns about contagion on election day, several states have lowered the hurdles for early voting this year. In a survey by the Washington Post and the broadcaster ABC said 39 percent of the polled electorate in Minnesota would like to cast their vote before the actual election date. In Wisconsin it was 44 percent.
CNN reported hundreds of voters queuing up in Fairfax, Virginia on Friday to cast their votes. Local officials were amazed that so many noticed the first day of the early voting, reported a reporter for the station.
In particular, experts expect a massive increase in postal voting, which is generally considered to be very secure and established. In the 2016 US election, for example, almost every fourth voter voted by post. US President Donald Trump repeatedly criticizes postal voting without giving reasons as being prone to fraud.
FBI chief speaks of Russia's interference in the US election campaign
Friday, September 18, 7:32 am: The head of the US Federal Police FBI, Christopher Wray testified before Congress that his agency is observing renewed Russian interference in the US election campaign. "We are seeing very, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our 2020 elections," Wray said. They also tried to sow "division and discord". The aim is specifically to "vilify" President Donald Trump's Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, continues Wray. Unlike four years ago, however, no direct attacks on the election infrastructure have been observed so far. Political Washington was already shaken four years ago by widespread interference from Russia in the election campaign for the White House. The Russian government had always denied the allegations.
Trump responded promptly to Wray's statements on Twitter. "But Chris, you see no activity from China, even though it is MUCH bigger threat than Russia, Russia, Russia," wrote Trump. The US president also reiterated his unsubstantiated claim that Russia, China and other countries could interfere in the election with fake postal ballot papers. Twitter quickly tagged the Trump tweet with information about "how voting by mail is safe".
Meanwhile, in a question time with voters on Wednesday evening, Biden described Russia as an "opponent" of America. Russian President Vladimir Putin knows him and knows that if Biden is elected, he will have to pay for meddling in US affairs, said the former vice president. When asked, Biden did not want to give any information about how he would get Putin paid. When asked whether China was also an opponent of America, Biden chose the term competitor instead.
Trump wants to promote patriotic education
Friday, September 18, 1:41 a.m .: US President Donald Trump has downplayed the historical consequences of slavery in America and called measures against systemic racism divisive. Radical Democrats, the media and others tried to indoctrinate school children and convince their parents to be ashamed of their "whiteness," said Trump in a speech at the National Archives in Washington on the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. When America was founded, "an unstoppable chain of events began, as a result of which slavery was abolished, civil rights won, communism and fascism defeated, and the fairest, most equal and most prosperous nation in human history built".
Trump did not mention the 246 years of slavery in US territory - nor the 89 years it continued after the colonies in North America broke away from England. He did not address the ongoing fight against racism and police violence.
Rather, Trump announced that he would soon sign a decree for the creation of a body to promote patriotic education. It is said to be called "1776 Commission". The committee should, among other things, encourage educators to teach students "the miracle of American history".
Ex-Pence advisor castigates Trump's handling of the corona pandemic
Friday, September 18, 02:23 a.m .: An ex-advisor to US Vice President Mike Pence has criticized President Donald Trump's corona crisis management as irresponsible and accused him of lack of character. Olivia Troye speaks out in a new video by the group "Republican Voters Against Trump". She served Pence as an advisor on homeland security issues and, according to her own statements, participated in meetings of the Corona working group in the White House.
Working for Trump was "terrible," reports Troye. The president worries more about his re-election than about protecting the nation from the virus. "The truth is, he's not interested in anyone but himself." Troye accused Trump of saying at a meeting of the Corona task force: "Maybe this Covid thing is a good thing. I don't like shaking hands with people. I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people."
If Trump had taken the virus seriously or if he tried to tell citizens how serious it was, he could have slowed the pandemic and saved lives, criticizes Troye. Although she was a Republican all of her life, she will vote for Trump's Democratic challenger Joe Biden in November. Troye is not the first ex-member from government circles to be critical of Trump. Miles Taylor, ex-chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, among others, spoke out against the president.
In response to the video, the White House vehemently denied that Trump had made this statement at the meeting. Troye's claims are "completely unfounded and totally false," said government spokesman Judd Deere. As a rule, Troye followed the task force meetings in a listening room and never attended private meetings with the president. Pence also denied Troye's allegations. He did not read her statements, but it sounds "like another angry employee who has decided to play politics in the election year".
Twitter provides a correction notice to Trump tweet about postal votes
Thursday, September 17th, 8:55 p.m .: US President Donald Trump once again raises doubts about the outcome of the presidential election in November. "Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballot papers being sent out to 'voters' this year or wherever, the November 3rd election result may never be accurately determined," Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday .
As in previous attacks on postal voting, he did not provide any evidence to support his claim. The short message service Twitter - as it has already done with some of the President's earlier entries - promptly issued warnings to this and another Trump tweet on the subject of postal voting. With a click, readers are redirected to an article, according to which, according to experts, voting by letter is legal and safe. Hours later, Trump posted another tweet asking his voters to vote by mail.
Postal voting is of particular importance in the USA this year. It is expected that significantly more voters than usual will use this means to avoid possible infection with the coronavirus in front of or in the polling stations. Recent municipal and local elections have shown that Democratic supporters are proportionally far more likely to use postal votes than those who vote for Trump's Republican Party. In national polls, Trump is behind his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Attorney General Barr wants protesters to be prosecuted for rioting
Thursday, September 17th, 6:10 am: US Attorney General William Barr has reportedly proposed prosecuting people suspected of violent protests against racism on charges of seditious activities against the government. Barr spoke out in favor of this approach in a meeting with federal attorneys Wall Street Journal, New York Times and CNN. In a conference call with prosecutors last week, he warned that the protests could increase until the November election.
In the USA, citizens have been protesting against racism and police violence for months under the slogan "Black Lives Matter". US President Donald Trump had repeatedly called for harsh penalties for them. But reports of rioting in the sense of overthrowing the US government in Washington are rarely raised in the US. If convicted, they face long prison sentences. Prosecution of protesters rests with the state judiciary.
Trump calls the head of the US epidemic agency "confused"
Thursday, September 17th, 02:35 am: US President Donald Trump goes against the statement of the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC for short) to vaccinate the US population broadly by the end of the year. "As soon as the (Medicines authority; editor's note) FDA approves the vaccine, we will be able to distribute 100 million doses by the end of 2020 - and a large number even much sooner, "Trump claimed at a press conference.
CDC Director Robert Redfield had previously said before a Senate committee that a Covid-19 vaccine would not be available to the general public until the middle of next year or a little later. Trump said it was "wrong information", Redfield made a "mistake" - "I think he was confused". Most recently, the US president had promised that a vaccine would be available in a few weeks. Observers believe that for strategic reasons, Trump will announce the presence of a vaccine before the November 3rd election. Recently he even claimed, without providing any evidence, that the coronavirus pandemic would "go away without a vaccine".
Trump also duped his head of department when it came to masks. Redfield had masks loud New York Timescalled "the most important, most powerful public health tool we have". The widespread use of masks could bring the pandemic under control in a few months, Redfield told the Senate committee. "I would even go so far as to say that this mask guarantees me protection against Covid rather than a vaccination." When asked about these statements, the President - who only wears a mask occasionally - said: "The mask is not as important as the vaccination. The mask may help."
Trump's campaign team, meanwhile, accused the Democratic challenger duo Biden / Harris of undermining public confidence in the production and approval of a potential corona vaccine. The top duo of Democrats "play politics with people's lives," said Republican MP Brad Wenstrup, a Trump supporter.
Biden had stated that he would be ready to take a vaccine "tomorrow" if it was available. But first he wants to "see what the researchers have to say about it". Vice-candidate Harris said she did not trust Trump's statements about the alleged safety of potential funds. She is worried that researchers and health experts will be "muzzled" by the president because he wants a vaccine to be approved quickly before election day in November.
US science magazine gives its first election recommendation - for Biden
Wednesday, September 16, 4:07 am: For the first time in its 175-year history, the US science magazine Scientific American made an election recommendation for a presidential candidate. Internally, there was no question of supporting the Democrat Joe Biden, said Laura Helmuth, editor-in-chief of the respected publication. President Donald Trump's administration is even worse for the research community than the magazine feared.
The election recommendation was published on Tuesday on the website of Scientific American posted - a day after Trump questioned the scientific evidence surrounding climate change with a view to the forest fires on the west coast. However, the timing was purely coincidental, assured Helmuth. The leading article was written in the past two months.
"Evidence and science show that Donald Trump did fundamental harm to the United States and its people by rejecting evidence and research," writes editor Josh Fischman in an editorial. Among other things, he is harshly taking the president's corona crisis management to justice. In addition, funding for science had been cut under Trump. He also hindered US countermeasures against climate change. Biden, on the other hand, is known for following the data and being guided by science, it said.
Trump's campaign did not want to comment at first.
The science magazine also received criticism for its point of view. Editor-in-chief Helmuth said there had been some requests to cancel subscriptions - albeit from people who would not receive the magazine anyway.
The libertarian psychologist and author Geoffrey Miller accused the science magazine of betraying 175 years of principled non-partisanship - for the sake of the cheap, short-sighted, opportunistic display of moral values, he wrote on Twitter. "I'm old enough to remember a time when your magazine had some integrity."
Biden builds legal team for potential election issues
Tuesday, September 15th: In anticipation of possible complaints and problems around the procedure in the US presidential election, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden is putting together a team of top lawyers.The "legal operations center" should ensure that the elections are properly organized and votes are correctly counted, said Biden's campaign. The first reported about the measure New York Times.
The legal team should also take action against intimidation of voters at the polls, uncover interference from abroad and disinformation and educate voters about various voting methods. The Biden camp spoke of the largest election protection program in the history of the presidential campaign in the United States.
Trump downplays climate change as a cause of forest fires
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